MICAT 1 2017 Exam Analysis

MICAT 1 2017 Exam Analysis

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MICAT 1 for admissions to MICA’s PGDM-C programme for the year 2018 was conducted on 17th December 2017.

The paper-pattern, as shown in the table below, was same as that of last year.

Parts Section(s) Number of Questions Duration
Part 1 Descriptive Test (DT) 4 35 minutes
Part 2 Psychometric 35 25 minutes
Part 3 Verbal Ability (VA) 25 1 hour and 45 minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA) 25
General Awareness (GA) 25
Divergent-Convergent Thinking (DCT) 30


Part 1: Descriptive Test:

This part can be further divided into 2 parts of which the first was “Argument or Opinion Writing” The topic this year was “Higher Education ensures Higher Earning rather than Higher Learning.”

This was followed by 3 questions, wherein first question asked the students to present 3 points in favour of the topic and the 2nd question asked the students to present 3 points against the topic.

For the third question – Students had to write down 3 points suggesting ways in which Learning can be kept an integral part of Higher Education.


The second part of the Descriptive test was “Creative Writing” in which the students had to connect 4 pictures and write a story.  The four pictures were of:

  1. Boat in a lake
  2. Rabbit in a box
  3. A group of cyclist
  4. World-Map with certain locations pinpointed.


A Total of 35 minutes were given to attempt the entire Section of Descriptive writing. But, the fact that MICA this year asked to students to write 3 arguments instead of 5 arguments (as was the case last year) meant that students had enough time to properly attempt all 4 questions.


Section 2: Psychometric Test:

Just like last year, this part had 36 questions, to be answered within 25 mins.

The questions in this part can be classified into 2 types:

The first type of questions contained two contradictory statements, say for example:

  1. When you have time do you prefer listening to music at home or 2. Do you go out and play a sport.

And for these contradictory statements there were six grades namely:

  1. Agree Very Strongly
  2. Agree Moderately
  3. Agree Strongly
  4. Disagree Very Strongly
  5. Disagree Moderately
  6. Disagree very strongly


The second type of questions were open ended questions like: What kind of spouse would you prefer? What kind of work would you prefer? These questions were followed by six traits. Students had to rate these traits from 1 to 6 according to their preferences. 1 being the most important one and 6 being the least important one.  All Psychometric test was all about knowing your own personality – Having a consistent personality and trying to project the same in a quantifiable manner.


Part 3: Aptitude Test

This part had 105 questions and the time given for the same was 1 hour 45 mins.

The part can be further broken down into 4 sections namely:

Section 1: Divergent and Convergent Thinking:

This section had a total of 30 questions which included 15 questions on Word Associations, 4 questions on statement assumption 4 on sufficient/insufficient arguments and 7 on Visual Reasoning. All in all, someone who would have given time to this section would have been able to crack 20 to 22 questions in this section. Hence, the section can be rated as Easy to Moderate.

Section 2: Verbal Ability

This section had 25 question which included 5 questions on RC, 6 questions on Synonyms/Antonyms which were context based, wherein a sentence with an underlined word was given and then there were questions asking students to find synonym or antonym of the underlined word. Apart from these there were 4 questions on parajumbles, 5 on fill in the blanks and 5 questions on grammar.

All in all in verbal, someone who has trained for MBA Entrance Exams, would be able to crack around 17 to 18 questions out of 25. Hence, the section can be rated as Easy.

Section 3: Quant and Data Interpretation

This section had 25 questions, spread across a lot of topics like series, allegations and mixtures, profit and loss, percentages, time speed and distance, set theory, functions. Apart from these there were 6 questions from Geometry and 2 easy sets of Data Interpretation having 3 questions each. The difficulty level of this section was slightly higher than that of last year.

So someone who is trained in MBA Entrance Exams would be able to crack around 16 to 17 questions in this section. Hence, the section can be rated as Moderate.

Section 4: General Knowledge

This section also had 25 questions, of which around 7 to 8 questions were based on Brands and Advertising. Of the remaining, there were more questions based on static GK than on current affairs.

A well-read student will be able to crack around 12 to 14 questions in this section. Hence, the section can be rated as Moderate.

Overall, for Aptitude Test with 105 questions to be addressed in 1 hour 45 mins, a potential safe score could be somewhere around 45 marks.

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